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Politics (2010)

Rajneeti (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 4 June 2010 (India)
1:34 | Trailer
When the American-educated scion of a powerful Indian family returns to the subcontinent, his first taste of power starts him down a corrupt path.


Prakash Jha
7 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Ranbir Kapoor ... Samar Pratap
Ajay Devgn ... Sooraj Kumar
Nana Patekar ... Brij Gopal
Katrina Kaif ... Indu R. Sakseria / Indu P. Pratap
Arjun Rampal ... Prithviraj 'Prithvi' C. Pratap
Manoj Bajpayee ... Veerendra 'Veeru' B. Pratap (as Manoj Bajpai)
Naseeruddin Shah ... Bhaskar Sanyal
Sarah Thompson ... Sarah Jean Collins
Nikhila Trikha Nikhila Trikha ... Bharati R. Rai / Bharati C. Pratap
Darshan Jariwala ... Ramnath Rai
Shruti Seth ... Rashtrawadi Party Worker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vinay Apte ... Babulal
Singh Bhupesh Singh Bhupesh ... Krishna
Barkha Bisht ... Dancer
Dhananjay Galani


Belonging to a prominent Uttar Pradesh-family of ruthless politicians, Samar Pratap is about to return to his Irish-American girlfriend, Sarah, in the U.S. and obtain a PhD, but cancels his trip when his father, Chandra, is shot dead. He decides to stay put and avenge this slaying but ends up dealing with aspiring politician, Indu Sakseria, who wants to wed him; his brother, Prithviraj, who has been granted control of the Rashtrawadi Party but is facing imprisonment on charges of Assaulting a Police Officer and Sexual Molestation; his cousin, Veerendra, who wants control of the party; and his astute maternal uncle, Brij Gopal - who secretly controls the entire family. Before he could even handle these situations, Sarah arrives in India and will soon accuse him of being a manipulative and conniving politician. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Alternate Versions

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Composed by Wayne Sharp
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Better than average, but no cigar
2 November 2011 | by padiyarkSee all my reviews

Wife recommended this film, so I watched. Overall, a better than average flick, but no cigar. The first part of the film is definitely the meatiest part of this film, where it starts as a modern day allegory of the Mahabharata embroiled in Indian politics--very fascinating. However, where it descends to trash is the second part, when scenes are ripped off scenes from "Godfather" and "Hard Boiled", and the story climaxes into an abysmal heap of dung. Worse yet, there is some pretty nice acting from all the actors involved, including non-actress Katrina Kaif. To aspiring Indian film makers, the first half of this film is how to improve Bollywood.

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Release Date:

4 June 2010 (India) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bhopal, India


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Opening Weekend USA:

$850,244, 6 June 2010

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